September 28, 2011
MA Man Arrested in Plot to Blow Up Capitol, Pentagon (Updated/Bumped)
UPD: Was in Alt Band Whining About Gaza
Helped Make IED Triggers for al Qaeda
Surprise: Radicalized Online
Images of Ferdaus in his former bands
This is just breaking, apparently a man planned on using a remote controlled plane loaded with explosives to attack the Capitol and Pentagon.
UPDATE by RS: It looks like yet another case of a would-be terrorist who decides to hook up with undercover federal agents and await for them to deliver the all important bombs so he could blow up some unsuspecting infidels.
Rezwan Ferdaus of Ashland was arrested Wednesday in Framingham when undercover federal agents delivered materials he'd requested for his alleged plan, including grenades, six machine guns and what Ferdaus believed was C-4 explosive.I'll try to update this as soon as I have my hands on the affidavit.
Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen and Northeastern University graduate, was scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court in Worcester on Wednesday afternoon....
According to the federal affidavit, Ferdaus began planning "jihad" against the U.S. in early 2010. He allegedly believed he would have a large psychological impact by killing Americans, who he described as "enemies of Allah."
UPDATE: Interesting, it looks like our guy Ferdaus may have been living out a Rage Against the Machine fantasy. He appears to have been part of a couple of bands, one of them called Goosepimp. The Rezwan "Bollywood" Ferdaus who was part of the band is no longer with them, but Google's archive left some indication of the relationship. If this is the same guy, then here he is playing the drums [BUMPED photos to top of page]
The other band he seems to have been part of at one time was The Silk Road. Songs such as "Gaza Dozer" make me believe that this is the same Rezwan Ferdaus who thought blowing up the Pentagon might be a good idea.
Thanks to Barbarossa for the pics. UPDATE: The affidavit claims Ferdaus rented a storage unit to assemble the devices to be used in the attack, but he told the rental manager that he wanted the unit to "practice music" which suggests that the pics above are of Ferdaus.
UPDATE: J.M. Berger over at Intelwire has the affidavit which describes Ferdaus' involvement. Not only was he on the receiving end of devices he thought would be used to blow up "kafirs" (his words), his degree in physics was used to help make IED detonators:
FERDAUS has modified to act as an electrical switch for an improvised explosive device ("IED"), to FBI undercover employees, who Ferdaus believed were members and recruiters for, al Qaeda, to purportedly be used to kill American soldiers stationed oversees...Wow, so there's no way he can play the 'entrapment' card as so many others are now claiming.
After each subsequent delivery, FERDAUS was anxious to know how well each of his detonation devices had worked and how many Americans tthey had killed. When asked why he wanted to build these detonation devices, FERDAUS explained that he "wanted[ed] to hit the kafir [non-believer] armies and [kill] as many people as possible."
I'm still reading the supporting affidavit, so expect updates.
UPDATE: When radical leftism and radical Islamism meet online, bad things happen:
FERDAUS told the UCE's that he realized more than a year ago from viewing jihadi websites and vidoes "how evil" America is & that jihad is the solution.Something the radical left (see Chomsky) and radical Islam (see Qutb) share: all bad things can be traced to the root cause, America!
UPDATE: And to show how long this guy has hated America, first as a leftist and only later having turned to radical Islam:
According to law enforcement sources, while a student at Ashland High School, Rezwan was said to have routinely turned his back during pledge.UPDATE: Via AllahP I've embedded TPM's version of the affidavit below. You read this thing and you realize this guy had some big plans .... but the kind of plans that, frankly, I don't see actually working out. I mean, really, attaching grenades to a large scale model airplane to ... blow up the Pentagon?
He is also the same person who, in 2003, police suspected of climbing to the roof of Ashland High School and burning the American flag, although he was never charged over that incident.
Affidavit below the fold: UPDATE: I was getting a scipt error on IE from the SCRIBD embed code. Here's the link instead.